When it comes to aging, wrinkled, and sagging skin, we tend to think of slathering our skin with the latest beauty product to reduce lines and imperfections. There’s a good-chance we also spend money on expensive surgeries and treatments to take the years off our face. you can take years off your skin naturally and without a hefty price tag. Below, are 5 ways to slow the aging-process naturally.
1. Ditch The Sugar
We are well aware of the detrimental effect sugar can have on our health and in spiking our blood-sugar levels, but it can also dramatically age our skin and steal away our youthfulness. Excess sugar, mainly glucose and fructose, like to team-up with collagen and elastin, two skin protective proteins, and dehydrate them. This process is called advanced glycation. Due to glycation, your skin loses its elasticity and starts to look dull and less vibrant.
2.Drink More Water
Chronic dehydration is a common culprit of aging skin. From lubricating our joints to helping flush toxins from our body, water is important for so many reasons. Water helps to restore elasticity to the skin and hydrates us on a cellular-level, which helps to plump-up our skin and add a more youthful glow.
3.Load Up On Antioxidants
We are exposed to numerous toxins and chemicals on a daily basis, all of which create free radical damage in our cells. Our own metabolic process can create free-radical damage as well. Add to this a poor diet, stress, inactivity and inflammation, and you’ve got a cascade of free-radical damage scouring around your body, leaching vital-minerals and causing premature aging.
In order to combat free-radical damage, we need antioxidants, such as Vitamins-A, C, E and beta-carotene. These work to fight free-radical damage, repair cells and stop the free-radical cascade from affecting more cells and creating more damage.
4.Eat More Protein
Protein helps to slow insulin levels, which you want to keep in balance to avoid experiencing blood-sugar highs and lows, weight gain and increase your risk of disease. Eating protein helps promotes stable blood-sugar levels, which reduces stress on your body and keeps cortisol levels in check. Protein is also essential for helping to repair tissue as well as construct new-tissue.
In fact, collagen, which is one of the most valuable proteins in our body, helps to strengthen our skin, hair and nails.
5.Get More Sleep
We all know that feeling of not getting a good night’s sleep. Of course fatigue will set in, but what’s worse is the hormonal cascade and imbalance that results from less-sleep. Just one hour less of sleep per night can increase cortisol-levels ten-fold, which can lead to oxidative stress and imbalanced blood-sugar levels, all of which will rob you of your youthful glow. Less sleep will result in less repair and also affect our body’s ability to produce human growth hormone, which is the king of all anti-aging hormones.